Oscar Ortiz was born in Manhattan, New York, USA in 1964.
Oscar started painting and selling his pieces back in 2002. Eventually he moved into selling prints and licensing his art all over the world, represented in part by Bridgeman Art Library and similar venues. Oscar’s paintings have graced calendars, CD’s, magazines, posters and others. Organizations, like UNESCO, have used his images for several purposes. Among his most recent project are: illustrating an award winning children book, “The Poet Upstairs”, by Judith Ortiz Cofer, published by Arte Público and released on November 30th, 2012. He also illustrated a text book for National Geographic Learning.
Whether at home or abroad he drinks fresh brewed black coffee at 3 PM or so as his favorite method of staying rooted with his Puerto Rican upbringing. He is still dating his High School sweet heart after 28 years of marriage.
Oscar holds an unblemished record of imperfection.
A half way done painting makes it all better.
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Hello and thank you for the opportunity of being part of the SVS community. I’ve being painting semi-professionally since 2002 or so. I’ve built a solid reputation as a Latin American painter selling hundreds of painting and prints over the world since. I’ve also illustrated multiple projects: among those a text book for National Geographic Learning and on November 2012 I illustrated the children’s book “The Poet Upstairs” for Arte Público Press. The book obtained a couple of accolades: JLG Honor Award and a Skipping Stones Honor Award. Now, you may be asking yourself “Then, what the heck are you doing here!”. Mainly because as I’ve told other people a master is only an artist who never stops being a student and secondly because I truly believe that the real artists of the world are the comic books and children’s book illustrators… bar none. If you’re poor and think you can’t afford quality art, you’re wrong. Purchase a good illustrated children’s book and you’ve got yourself over 12 hard labored amazing master pieces dirt cheap! And you won’t have to stand on your head to understand them!
My goal is to continue drawing better, painting better and illustrate children’s book as a professional. I also want to manage digital tools (even though I’m profoundly in love with traditional media). My favorite illustrators of the past are Rockwell, Leyendecker, Robert McGinnis, Charley Harper, oh my so many! Contemporary: Shaun Tan, Raúl Colón, Rafael López… the list is endless.
Keep on creating beautiful stuff!